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  1. 22 minutes ago, 21gg said:

    Could you feed a wire through the end of the clip and pull it off?

    I managed to feed a cable-tie through the looped end of the clip and fastened it to give me a handle, then a flat-bladed screwdriver into the open end of the clip to ease it open a bit further and a good yank on the cable-tie popped it free. There's barely enough room to slide your hand up between the pedal shaft and the side of the pedal box and my hands are far from large. A good supply of sticking plasters was definitely a requirement for this part of the job, :(.

    I had to move the potentiometer (3mm hex/allen key for the retaining bolt) out of the way to get enough room to remove the clevis pin fully from the pedal shaft.

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  2. Yeah! The cruise ship's alcoholic beverage provider, a.k.a. the bar-steward, is out. Blood everywhere as the bottom edge around the pedal box is like a razor-blade, :realmad:.


    I've now retired for the night as an ice-cold bottle of 'Angry Orchard' beckons from the fridge.

    Round 2 tomorrow, getting the mounting bolts for the master cylinder out as the nuts aren't captive so I'll need to be on both sides of the front bulkhead at the same time - might have to speak nicely to one of my neighbours to come and hang onto a spanner for a few minutes.

  3. @exeterjeepYes, the seat is already out and as I withdrew it the 2 rear 'blocks with the nuts encased' did wander off into the adjacent box section. Fortunately, they turned out to be made of steel so a magnet on a stick had them retrieved from the depths of the floor framework - phew! 

    There even appears to be a hole in the floor that lines up with the spare 'nut' in the block so why this wasn't utilised to secure them in place is anybody's guess. For sure, I'll be looking at employing a countersunk-headed bolt for that purpose when they're reinstalled. 


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  4. As I'm approaching my 66th birthday I'm not as supple as I used to be and so I'm struggling, even with the seat removed, to get myself contorted into a position in the footwell to get so much as half a sight of what's going on at the top of the clutch pedal shaft.
    If I can get into a position even close to getting a visual on it, I'm certainly not going to be able to bend my arm anywhere near the required direction so I'm going to have to do it by feel.
    I've managed to get the attached photo of the pin - I take it that the clip on the end of it pulls off in an upward direction, i.e. towards the spring at the top of the shot, so it's just a case of inserting a screwdriver into the 'loop' at the top of the clip and levering it upwards?
  5. As it was my day off and the sun was splitting the pavements, a blast around the countryside was definitely required.

    What was definitely NOT required was for the clutch pedal to drop to the floor after a few miles, :angry:. I managed to nurse it home by keeping gear changes to a minimum and flicking the pedal up with my foot. Looks like the master cylinder which was replaced about 3 years back has failed again, :realmad:

    I've only just put the front end back together after the styling mods, but at least it will all come apart again far easier than it did a few weeks ago.

    I'm not even going to bother trying to source an OE one. They're still/again on back order from the factory and the last time the only one that could be tracked down anywhere came from a dealer in the U.S. so I might as well go back Stateside and order up the uprated version from Wilwood.

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  6. 20 hours ago, Bravo73 said:

    Hang on a sec. ‘Supercar’ parking??!? 

    You appear to be parked next to Audi, Merc and Bimmer saloons. Coupes, at an absolute stretch. And maybe a hatchback at the end. 

    Hmmm, Goodwood aren’t very discerning these days, are they? 🤦‍♂️

    That's what got me pee'd off on Friday too. 

    My purchase of a Supercar parking ticket was cancelled as they had 'oversold' the allocation, then I take a wander through on the day to find loads of spaces, plus about 50% of what was there was hardly a supercar - there were even a couple of vans FPS, :angry:.

    Then to cap it all, I get back to my hotel and arrive in the car park just as one of those quilted-panel Cactus things pulls up opposite with 4 young lads inside. The driver hops out and comes over towards me, only to exclaim back towards his mates "Ach, it's just a crappy Lotus". I responded with one of my withering 'it's just' looks and commented "Says the guy who's just driven up in a Shitron", :realmad:. He sort of sheepishly half-grinned, then patted the bonnet of his car before walking off. No accounting for taste (or lack of it) I suppose.

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  7. Thanks @Wake . I did just that a couple of days ago just in case.

    I was most surprised and impressed that they arrived the next day too. Less impressed that they're made in China, :realmad: - haven't they done enough already with this pandemic? 

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  8. 2 hours ago, Bravo73 said:

    The NHS App (and subsequent letters) are linked to the recipient's medical records (so are much, much harder to forge/fake).

    NHS Scotland doesn't have an app, :angry:. I've received the 'Vaccination Status' letter I requested from them, but it doesn't have a barcode or QR code on it so here's hoping that it's still acceptable proof. I've emailed them asking (gave up on the phone queue after an hour) but so far no response.

    If I travel the best part of 500 miles to get there only to be turned away at the gate, then @exeterjeep's prediction will be guaranteed!

  9. Entry tickets arrived today but no sign of the Performance Parking pass.

    Then I discover an email that had slipped in under the radar yesterday telling me that "due to a system error these tickets have been oversold".

    So they've cancelled that part of the order and are giving me a refund which will not go a long way towards repairing any damage the car receives parked in the main public area. Call me paranoid if you like, but last time I was there I came back to find another car about 6 inches away from my then 2-month old Alfa, so close that I had to get in through the passenger's side then when I pulled mine forward and got out I find that they'd overcome the lack of space by slamming their door into mine and gaining an extra inch or so that way, :realmad:.

    I've replied to their email expressing my disappointment but I'm not holding my breath.

  10. How much?!?!

    As part of my ongoing Evora refurbishment, I've been replacing all the rusted-solid fixings that I can get to with stainless alternatives. Towards the front of the front undertray, there are a couple of small 'rubbing blocks', there to take the initial hit of the likes of a speed-hump rather than scraping the sheet alloy of the undertray itself. They were both looking somewhat 'second-hand' so an order for a couple of replacements seemed like the logical next step.

    Up comes the relevant page on DeRoure - there they are - £37.80 each, plus P&P and VAT so knocking on 100 quid by the time they're here. For a couple of tiny chunks of machined alloy? Yer 'avin' a larf! :angry:.

    Needless to say the old ones are back on, albeit with nice shiny new stainless bolts and rivnuts, :rolleyes:.



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  11. OK, problem solved - well, sort of.

    If anybody else has this issue, if you get a large screwdriver in at the rear edge and prise upwards with enough force, the outer 'cover' will eventually separate from the 'framework' part of the panel, giving you access to the latch mechanism.

    All I've got to do now is work out what to use to glue these 2 bits back together again, oh, and replace the release cable as the little swan neck wire on the end of it, that engages in the latch, has unswaged itself from the cable, :realmad:.



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  12. On 22/06/2021 at 17:05, C8RKH said:

    ................ if I ever meet the guy from Lotus who decided to put that bolt where he did for the front passenger seat I swear I will rant at him for hours! 

    In your search for this guy, if you ever come across his colleague in the Evora production process who decided that using mild steel fixings in all the exposed areas was a good idea, please point him in my direction, :realmad:.

    Despite almost 2 entire cans of high-quality penetrating oil being used to soak them beforehand, virtually every bolt in the front clam/bumper/A-panels/undertray assembly either sheared-off or had to be cut out as the 'captive' part had ceased to be captive and the whole lot was just spinning around uselessly, :censored:. I've spent days drilling out umpteen knackered blind nuts and replacing them with stainless alternatives which is especially fun on the ones bonded into the clam itself - one slip and the outer surface of the panel has some extra ventilation, :o.

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  13. Yehey! DRL wiring now runs all the way from the front bumper to the fusebox, thanks to the pointing in the right direction by @PaulCP.

    Getting the undertray off was, shall we say, challenging. I don't think it's ever been off before so none of the fixings were going to give up without a fight. One (isn't there always that one? :rolleyes:) near the middle, so nicely inaccessible from above, had its captive nut no longer captive but it eventually succumbed to an angle grinder, a cold chisel and a hammer. Once the sheet of alloy was out of the way, there right next to the heater/ventilation fan was a lovely big rubber bung with a major section of the harness going through it towards the centre console and an earthing point conveniently alongside.


    Short time later, new wiring was threaded in towards the fusebox, ready for the connections and general tidying-up of the install at the weekend, :D.



  14. @Whitey Thanks for the offer - I may well take you up on relieving you of one of your units, :thumbup:.

    Right now however, I'm struggling to get the old one out. I'm fighting 10+ years of accumulated corrosion - the top mount came away easy but I can't as yet budge the bottom bolt - I'm now using a 5' breaker bar and it's still not budging, :angry:.

    I tried to buy some when they were on the Motorsport Auctions site but they'd sold out of the fronts. I did successfully acquire shocks and springs for the rear - a lot of good they are to me at the moment, :rolleyes:.

    Got to have a couple of hours powernap now before going out on a nightshift so part 2 of the battle will need to wait until tomorrow.

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